Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Gambian citizens flee ahead of Barrow inauguration

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump will still tweet from personal Twitter account as President

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Population studies: France's 'ethnicity' taboo

Read more

THE DEBATE

Brexit's Biggest Fan: Trump weighs in ahead of Theresa May speech (Part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Brexit's Biggest Fan: Trump weighs in ahead of Theresa May speech (Part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Posy Simmonds: 'French women have good handbags, English women have udders'

Read more

FOCUS

Security stepped up in Italy amid terror threat

Read more

ENCORE!

Music producer Uppermost: From the courthouse to the club

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Bulgarian president-elect hopes for lifting of Russia sanctions

Read more

THE OBSERVERS DIRECT

We head out to meet France 24 Observers. They tell us more about the stories they have alerted us to. Every first Saturday of the month at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2013-04-10

Madagascar's zebu war

In Observers Direct, journalist Julien Pain heads out to meet FRANCE 24 Observers in their country. They tell us more about the stories they have alerted us to.

The very first episode of Observers Direct is about a war over zebus in a remote southern region of Madagascar. An Observer sent FRANCE 24 photos of dead bodies she had seen laid out in the town square of a small village there. Villagers had massacred a group of men who, they say, were trying to steal their zebu herds. Eight-six people were killed. But we wanted to find out more about this tragic story: Why did the villagers take the law into their own hands? Was this really self-defence?

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-01-07 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast: a new future for farming

Watch our 12-minute report on agriculture in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - an investigation with our Observers Daniel Oulaï, Jean-Delmas Ehui from ICT4DEV, Cléophas Mosala from...

Read more

2016-12-03 Bangladesh

Silt and Sand: the river islands of northern Bangladesh

On the flood-prone river islands of Bangladesh, everything is portable. The islands, known as “chars” (pronounced chors), are formed of silt and sand carried down from the...

Read more

2016-09-08 economy

"Silicon Mountain”: Africa's next tech hub

With Observers Alain Nteff and Churchill Nanjé take us on a tour of Cameroon's blossoming tech scene - which is being driven by soaring sales of cheap smartphones.

Read more

2016-06-04 Central African Republic

Baaka, the fallen kings of the forest

The Baka pygmies have traditionally made their home in the rain forests of remote parts of the Central African Republic. But they are finding it increasingly difficult to eke out...

Read more

2016-05-07 India

Racism and violence : the ordeal of African students in India

Recently, there have been an increasing number of racist incidents and attacks against African students living in India, and they say Indian authorities have been slow to provide...

Read more